Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen delivered a blistering speech against social media and internet companies on Thursday evening and accused of them spreading "hate, conspiracies and lies."

Speaking at the Anti-Defamation League's Never is Now summit in New York, Cohen specifically pointed the finger at Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube and accused the companies of pushing "absurdities to billions of people."

He called for a "fundamental rethink of social media."

During his speech, Cohen rebutted points made by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg when the CEO spoke about free speech to Georgetown University in October.

"First, Zuckerberg tried to portray this whole issue as 'choices around free expression'. That is ludicrous. This is not about limiting anyone's free speech. This is about giving people, including some of the most reprehensible people on earth, the biggest platform in history to reach a third of the planet."

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